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February 4/14 16:07 pm - 3T Handlebar Recall on Cervelo P5 Model

Posted by Editoress on 02/4/14

In voluntary cooperation with the US CPSC and the Health Canada, 3T announces the recall of 2012 and 2013 Cervélo P5 bicycles fitted with 3T Aduro aerobars.

The recall includes 2013 and 2013 Cervelo P5 bicycles equipped with 3T Aduro aero handlebars.  The bicycles are black with red and white stripes. "P5" is on the seat tube, "Cervelo" is on the top tube and a large "é" is on the down tube in white lettering.  The handlebars consist of four major components:  a base bar, which attaches to the bike; a forward extension mount, which attaches to the base bar; forearm rest and forward extension bars, which attach to the forward extension mount.  The base bar is black with red and white stripes and has "3T" on the top and the rear.  The handlebars come with both a high and a low forward extension mount, one of which will be installed based on customer fit.  Consumers can also purchase an ultra-low forward extension mount separately.  The words "Ultimate Performance" are on the forward extensions.






Recalled Aduro bars were manufactured between January 2012 and July 2012 and are identified by their serial number.  The serial number is on a label inside the base bar under the stem cap on the rear wall. The serial number is the seven-digit number following "FM78-Basebar-." The manufacture date-code is the first four digits of the serial number in the MMYY format. Date codes for the defective handlebars are in the range 1201–1207.

Aduro bars with a date code of 1208 and later are safe.

In addition, all Ultra-Low Mount extensions are considered unsafe and must be replaced.




3T Design has received 28 reports of incidents, including one report of a broken collar bone and four reports of abrasions.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bicycles and contact 3T Design to have the recalled handlebars replaced free of charge with a modified set of Aduro aero handlebars installed with the high or low mount. Consumers who also purchased the ultra-low mount can receive:

• a full refund for the ultra-low mount and a free modified Aduro aero base bar for use with the originally purchased low mount or

• replacement of the Aduro aero handlebars with 3T Mistral aero handlebars with a low-position mount, which places a rider in a position similar to the Aduro ultra-low position mount.


Cervélo and 3T jointly issued a Stop Sale order to retailers for the affected bars on 9 August 2013. P5 bicycles that have already been inspected and passed at retailers are distinguished by a green é sticker on the lower surface of the Aduro basebar.

Approximately 225 units of affected product were sold in Canada and 1300 in the United States.

For full details of this recall, please read the attached advisory from the US CPSC and Health Canada or check their respective websites at:

Both 3T and Cervélo are cooperating fully with the recall effort and stand ready to support you.


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